During a speech at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, former Vice President Joe Biden said last night that he regrets not running to become president.
Biden’s speech focused on strengthening the middle class in a new economic environment. He also took time to talk about the decision he made in 2015 that was after his son Beau died of brain cancer. Biden stood by his choice and said it was the best thing for the family at the time, though he seemed to suggest he could’ve defeated Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
“Do I regret not being president? Yes. I was the best qualified,” Biden said. “I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won. Maybe not, I don’t know.”
Biden talked about how his son wanted him to run for president, and that he had plans to try and become Barack Obama‘s successor. Even so, Biden said he “lost part of [his] soul” with Beau’s passing, and wouldn’t have been able to give his full attention to a presidential campaign.
You can watch Biden’s speech here.
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